Borrowed & Blue Wedding Photography Q&A
Sunday, August 28th, 2016
I recently teamed up with Borrowed and Blue, a locally-focused online wedding resource, to allow couples to get to know me better through a Q&A:
1. How did you first get into photography?
One of my good high school friends became a full-time wedding photographer. Seeing her make a career out of her art helped to make concrete my own vision.
2. What single photo sums up your aesthetic?
This image was taken right after the ceremony of an intimate, garden elopement. Like this one, many of my photos reflect soft light, pure emotion,and a natural backdrop. In fact, this is the first photo you'll see on my website.
3. As a storyteller, what draws you to a particular subject?
I’m drawn to emotions, beautiful light, and interesting patterns/framing. I try to make sure that all of my photographs contain at least one of these.
4. What is your favorite moment to photograph at a wedding?
My favorite moments are very ephemeral moments between people, such as stolen looks, kisses, or whispers. These speak volumes, but are hidden in the patchwork of our lives.
5. What makes or breaks a bridal shoot?
If a bride isn’t relaxed, then the photographs won’t resonate no matter how beautiful she looks or her dress is.
6. What are some of the most photogenic spots for engagement shoots?
I no longer shoot engagement sessions, but you can’t go wrong with the Presidio forest or Sutro Baths in San Francisco.
7. Where else do you love to photograph?
I love photographing nature’s beauty - national parks, regional parks, etc. I also like using other art as a backdrop to photograph people, such as murals and large sculptures.
8. What’s your favorite photograph you’ve ever taken?
I have many, of which this is just one. This couple flew from out of state to get married at San Francisco City Hall. What better photo to capture their time in San Francisco than a candid of the two staring out at the iconic Golden Gate Bridge? The photo feels otherworldly and timeless to me.
9. What’s your favorite wedding that you’ve shot?
It’s hard to narrow to one, but in general, I like outdoor weddings surrounded by beautiful gardens and forests. I like gracious couples and families.
10. What’s your favorite out of all the San Francisco wedding venues to shoot at?
I have yet to shoot at all of them, but thus far, I’ve really enjoyed shooting at Hastings House in Half Moon Bay. I love plants & nature, and this venue has that in spades.
11. What is the first thing you ask couples when they approach you?
I like to ask couples how they met and what they like to do together. It’s really about them, and like to get to know them as people before discussing myself or photography.
12. What’s the biggest mistake the couples make when choosing their photographer?
I think the biggest mistake that couples make is initially undervaluing quality photography (of course, there are couples for whom photography isn’t a priority, but it’s important for couples to be sure of which camp they are in), only to later realize that it was important to them. If a couple thinks they value photography, then they should go with a photographer whose work they have zero reservations about and no less.
13. What makes you different from other wedding photographers?
What makes me different is the same thing that make all photographers different from each other. We all offer a different combination of skills/taste/personality, and so match better with certain couples over others.
14. What tips do you have for couples who have never been photographed before?
Outside of portrait sessions, relax and ignore the camera. During portrait sessions, don’t hesitate to ask your photographer for posing/movement directions. If you still feel like your photographer isn’t providing sufficient guidance: interact as you normally would with your partner, relax, and ignore the camera until your photographer instructs otherwise :).
15. What are some of your upcoming projects for the future?
I’d love to donate my photography for a good cause, and am still considering opportunities. In the past, I’ve photographed for small business owners and artists and hope to continue that as well.